The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Pickle Story 

No one will admit to Aunt Bee's homemade pickles being the worst they've ever tasted. Andy switches them with store-bought ones to avoid eating hers, but her decision to enter them in the county fair presents a dilemma.


Bob Sweeney


Harvey Bullock

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Hope Summers ... Clara Johnson
Lee Krieger ... Motorist from Oregon
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ... County Fair Judge
Warren Parker Warren Parker ... County Fair Judge


Aunt Bee and Clara Johnson are both jarring homemade pickles. The only difference is that Clara's are good enough to win blue ribbons at the county fair eleven years and counting while Aunt Bee's taste like she floats them in kerosene. The boys are too polite to tell Aunt bee the truth about her pickles and decide to switch Aunt Bee's pickles with store-bought pickles. The plan backfires when Bee decides to enter her pickles in the contest. Written by tomtrekp/edited by statmanjeff

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pickle | county fair | eat | jar | ribbon | See All (14) »


Comedy | Family







Release Date:

18 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook" there is a recipe for Aunt Bee's Kerosine Cucumbers along with Barney's quote from this episode that labeled them as such. See more »


Aunt Bee says she's entered and lost the homemade pickle contest at the fair for ten years in a row against Clara, but she'd only moved to Mayberry during the previous season. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: Somehow between now and the contest, we gonna have to eat up all the store pickles that Aunt Bee's got on hand.
Barney Fife: Why don't we get rid of them the same way we got rid of the others?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: No, no, that won't work See, she's gotta see them pickles disappear and she's gotta see us likin' them so much that she'll wanna make another batch.
Barney Fife: I gotta tell ya, my heart ain't in this.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, it's not so much your heart we need, it's your stomach.
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Aunt Bee Shines
27 April 2016 | by jpop59See all my reviews

Aunt Bee is usually known for her prowess in the kitchen including her succulent fried chicken and other fine southern recipes, however in this episode we learn she doesn't know how to make an edible pickle. What's amusing is she's the only one that doesn't realize her pickles taste like "kerosene". As usual, Andy forgoes honesty to prevent her feelings from getting hurt so there's a lot of plotting going on behind her back to avoid her finding out what people really think. This all goes into high gear when Aunt Bee decides to enter her pickles in the Annual Pickle Contest at the local fair. This episode is a good showcase for Francis Bavier who always shines as Aunt Bee. A very funny episode.

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